Reading Update: January 27th – 31st

I’m ready for another great week in reading class!

Monthly Reading Reflection

We will be going to the library this week, so please remind your child to return their books on Tuesday. The January Reading Reflection is due on February 4th.

Readbox is Coming to Third Grade

I’m excited to announce that I have started a new opportunity for students to be able to read “new” books. Based upon the concept of the Redbox, students are able to rent a new book for free. Since we had such a tremendous turnout of books during the winter book exchange, I thought this would be a fun way to get students excited about reading some of those books.

I did tell the students that if they have any books that they would like to donate to the Readbox that’s great. However, I just asked that they be books third graders would enjoy reading.

Here are a few details about the Readbox:

  1. Students are allowed to check out one book at a time.
  2. Students will make sure that have signed out for the book properly (we have gone over this in class). Each Readbox book will have a special sticker on the back to serve as a reminder that those need to be returned to the Readbox.
  3. As of right now, students may check out these books during recess. It’s open Monday-Wednesday.

Arizona Coyote Reading Program

Students should be reading at least 20 minutes every day and recording those minutes in their Coyote log.

Word Masters Challenge

This past week’s analogy was: competitive : win :: vindictive : punish. Just a reminder that each Monday students are given a new analogy to solve in their Google Classroom. I randomly choose one student on Friday who answered the analogy correctly to receive a “Spot On.”

Curriculum Focus:

Comprehension: Figurative Language: Similes

This past week, we added Similes to the figurative language chart in their reading binder. Similes are a comparison of two unlike things using the words “as” or “like.”

You may wonder why I believe it’s important for students to understand figurative language. Well, I believe children who understand figurative language will read texts better and examine them in a more deeper way. They can appreciate the choices made by the author and a story or poem’s ultimate intention. This is useful in everyday life, in school and on major standardized tests.

This week:

You will find work we complete for In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson behind the Novel tab in their binder. So far, we have completed the vocabulary for chapters 1 and 2. This week, as students read a chapter, they will be answering a reading response question in their Google Classroom.

This Week:

  • Readbox is open Monday-Wednesday during recess
  • Tuesday – Library Day

Upcoming Reading Dates:

  • Feb. 4th – January Reading Reflection Due
  • Feb. 5th – January Coyote Minutes Due

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Thompson

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